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"I'm viewing our great citizens of this country to a certain extent, and to a large extent, as warriors. They're warriors. We can't keep our country closed,” Trump said after a roundtable discussion about supporting Native Americans in Arizona.
“I'm not saying anything is perfect, and yes will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon,” the president continued.
Trump predicted that after reopening, the economy next year would rebound. He acknowledged that “nothing can ever happen” that will replace a loved one lost to coronavirus, but “purely from an economic standpoint,” next year would be “one of the best ever.”
When asked why now is the time to reopen despite a possible coronavirus resurgence, Trump responded, “We can’t keep our country closed the next five years.”
“Someone said 18 months, two years?” said Trump “People aren’t going to accept it, they won’t and shouldn’t.”
“Doctors say let's keep closed for a couple of years?” he continued. “This is the U.S.A. I've created the greatest economy in the history of the world, best employment numbers, record stock markets, then one day, have to close.”
While the virus may come back, the president said: “It’ll be a flame, and we’ll put the flame out.” He added that those above 60 or 65 would be asked to “stay back” a while, but because the virus rarely affects young children, he hoped for schools to open on time.
When asked if his coronavirus task force would be winding down soon, Trump said he was looking to put together a different group focused on safety and reopening. He said he would still welcome the input of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx.